Men’s football set to cross town to meet Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Bellarmine University men’s soccer team will take on Crosstown Louisville for the second straight season as the Knights take on the Cardinals at 7:30 p.m. ET Monday at Dr. Mark & ​​Cindy Lynn Stadium.

Bellarmine (0-0-1) had his chances last year for an upset or, at the very least, a draw against Louisville (1-0), but the Cardinals scored five minutes into second overtime in posting a 1- 0 win. Louisville finished 2021 at 10-7-1, won the ACC Atlantic Division title for the first time in program history and reached the NCAA Tournament for the 13th time in the last 15 seasons.

Louisville is bringing back a lot of firepower from a year ago, turning over nine starters and 80% of its goals scored. The Cardinals made a big statement opening the season Thursday with a 3-1 victory over No. 10 St. Louis, who went 16-1-4 in 2021. The Billikens scored first, but the Cardinals responded with three unanswered goals.

Louisville was chosen to finish third in the Atlantic in the ACC’s preseason coaches poll. Midfielder Eric Danquah has been named to the league’s preseason watch list. Returning forward Aboubacar Camara scored a team-high 13 goals last season and was selected to the All-ACC First Team, while returning midfielder Sander Roed was a third-team pick. Camara scored the game-winning goal against St. Louis in Game 1.

Bellarmine opened the season Thursday with a 2-2 stalemate against Evansville at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium. The Knights faced 1-0 and 2-1 deficits before rallying to level the competition each time they fell behind. First-year midfielder Cooper Forcelliniin his college debut, and junior forward Nolan McGrath scored the goals.

Junior midfielder Jack Fischer recorded his first career assist on Forcellini’s goal. junior defender Brock Pope also assisted on the play, scoring Bellarmine’s second assist of his career.

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